Summer Traveling for the Ages

By Tanya Sterling –

It’s almost summer time and just about time to book your family’s vacation. Of course, families with children are comprised of various ages, including kids, teenagers and young adults. Let’s discuss how tosuccessfully travel and enjoy your time with the various age groups.

Family Travel with Young Kids

Pack wisely: When traveling with young kids, packing can be a bit of a challenge! Be sure to pack plenty of snacks, diapers, wipes and a change of clothes in your carry-on bag. Don’t forget any medications your child may need as well. Of course, it’s also a good idea to bring a few small toys or games to keep them entertained during long flights or car rides.

Plan your itinerary around their schedule: As you know, young kids thrive on routine, and it’s important to keep their schedule in mind when planning your trip. Try to schedule activities and outings around their nap time and meal times to avoid meltdowns and crankiness.

Choose kid-friendly accommodations: When booking accommodations, look for kid-friendly options that offer fun amenities, such as pools or play areas. Family-friendly resorts or vacation rentals can also be a great option, as they often come equipped with cribs, high chairs and other baby gear. A lot of resorts also offer a Kids Club!

Take advantage of kid-specific activities: Many destinations offer fun kid-specific activities, such as children’s museums or amusement parks. Look for activities that are appropriate for your child’s age and interests, and plan ahead to avoid long lines and wait times.

Give yourself plenty of time: Traveling with young kids can be stressful, so it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination and take breaks as needed. Plan for extra time at the airport or on the road, and be prepared to make frequent stops for bathroom breaks or snacks.

Family Travel with Teens

Involve them in the planning process: Teens are often more independent and love to have a say in their travel plans! Involve them in the planning process by asking for their input on activities or destinations, and let them help plan parts of the trip.

Give them some space: Teens often like to have some independence, so try to give them some space during the trip. Consider booking separate hotel rooms or spacious vacation rentals with sufficient rooms (if budgets allow) or give them some time to explore on their own.

Plan activities that appeal to their interests: Teens are more likely to enjoy activities that appeal to their interests, such as outdoor adventures or trendy/cultural experiences. Do some research ahead of time to find activities or attractions that will appeal to your teen, and include them in your itinerary.

Encourage them to disconnect: We all know that teens are glued to their phones or devices; however, it’s important to encourage them to disconnect during the trip. Consider setting some ground rules around device usage, and if that doesn’t work, plan activities that don’t involve screens.

Allow for some downtime: Traveling can be exhausting, especially for teens who are constantly on the go. Be sure to allow for some downtime to relax and recharge, whether it’s by the pool or at a quiet café.

Family Travel with Young Adults

Plan a trip that suits everyone’s interests: Young adults often have unique interests and preferences, so it’s important to plan a trip that suits everyone’s needs. Consider asking each member of the family to come up with a list of must-see destinations or activities, and try to incorporate them into your itinerary.

Allow for some flexibility: Young adults often have busy schedules and may not have as much time off as other family members. Be sure to allow for some flexibility in your travel dates and schedule to accommodate their availability.

Encourage them to take on some responsibilities: Young adults are often looking for more independence and responsibility, so encourage them to take on some tasks during the trip, such as booking accommodations or planning activities. Assign everyone a day that they specifically plan!

Try new things: Traveling with young adults is a great opportunity to try new things and experience different cultures. Consider trying new foods, taking part in cultural activities or events, or visiting off-the-beaten-path destinations. How fun!

Make time for quality family time: While it’s important to give young adults some independence, it’s also important to make time for quality family time. Plan activities or outings that everyone can enjoy together, and take plenty of photos to capture the memories!

Most importantly, enjoy all the moments and each other!